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Frequently Asked Questions that all students should consider


Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Why should students consider taking a summer class (or two or more)?

A. Summer Session will move you towards graduation ... in fact the data currently available demonstrates that taking 1 or more credits of summer coursework statistically increases your chances of graduating compared to students who do not engaged in UW summer courses.  Summer Session at UW provides students a wide array of options to continue to earn credits over the summer months via compressed learning opportunities.  Summer classes typically vary in length from 2-6 week*, with the majority of undergraduate courses lasting 3 or 4 weeks.  Statistically, students who've taken UW summer courses have significantly higher retention and graduation rates than students who do not take UW summer courses!  Students utilize summer session in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons;  to CATCH UP on their academic plans or assist their GPA after dropping or performing poorly in a particular class, or to gain credits in a major after a change of major or transferring into UW, to GET AHEAD in one academic program to facilitate participation in another academic program (second major, minor, semester abroad, etc...), to participate in one of the 30+ summer international travel courses, to take a class offered only in the summer by a faculty member you enjoy or want to learn from, to HAVE FUN and enjoy the wonderful summer weather Laramie has to offer ... the reasons are endless to THINK SUMMER!



Q.  What are the dates for the various summer sessions in summer 2014?

A.  Summer session 2014 begins on May 19, 2014 and ends August 8, 2014.  Three-week and four-week courses begin May 19th, June 16th, and 14th and many more opportunities exist.  Please view the Summer 2014 Course Bulletin & Schedule for course specifics.


Q. What courses are being offered for summer 2014?

A.  Please see the Course listing by date page of the 2014 summer bulletin to see what courses are offered in the various sessions during the summer.  If you want to look for a specific course then please see the web version of the summer bulletin.

The Web version of the Summer Bulletin is based on the current information available. Updated course information (additions, changes, cancellations) replaces the original material as it is requested by departments. This type of document ensures current and prospective students, faculty and staff that they are receiving the most current information regarding the courses offered at the university.


Q.  Does UW offer any on-line summer courses?

A.  YES!  UW offers a number of on-line and other distance delivery courses in the summer.  Please visit the Outreach Credit Programs summer course schedule to view the various options.

Q.  Are UW summer courses easier or harder than regular semester UW courses?

A. Summer courses are the exact same course as their spring/fall counterparts, with the difference being they are offered in a compressed time-frame.  You get the same exact number of contact minutes (sometimes more) as a regular semester course but instead of the course lasting for 15 weeks ... you complete the course in 3 - 6 weeks (depending on the specific course.  This translates to having class every day (M-F) for extended periods of time (up to 3 hrs. or more) and corresponding homework, projects, papers, etc... One way to look at the course is a full-time (plus overtime) job for 3 - 6 weeks (depending on the course) ... you have up to, or more than three hours a day (M-F) of lecture and that much time, or more than, of assignments / homework.  You should also expect to utilize time on the weekends ... but in a relatively short time you can earn 3-4 credit hours, fulfill a pre-requisite or requirement,  strengthen your GPA, and move forward towards graduation!

Students normally take one course at a time in the summer due to their rigor and pace but opportunities are available to complete multiple courses in the summer if a student might be interested.


Q.  How much does it cost to attend UW Summer Session in summer of 2014?

A.  (I) For main campus summer courses (including international travel course ) ...the cost is the same per credit hour as it costs for the fall or spring semester.  For undergraduates that cost is $106 per credit hour (plus fees) for a Wyoming resident and $413 per credit hour (plus fees) for a non-resident.  A detailed listing of the cost and fees for summer 2014 main campus courses can be found in the 2014 summer class schedule (once it has been released)

(II) For an Outreach Credit Program course (online, audio, video, etc...) ... the costs per credit hour are $108 for residents and$152 for non-residents.  Additional fees are associated with distance delivery courses.  For a detailed listing of Outreach Credit Programs tuition costs and fees - please see the Tuition and Fees page of the Outreach Credit Programs web-site.


Q.  Is the summer considered an academic semester for the purpose of probation/suspension status / for financial aid / etc...

A.  YES,  summer session at UW is treated as an academic semester with regards to a students GPA, their academic status (i.e. you can be academically suspended from UW if you summer grades result in you falling below the academic criteria of UW or your College or Department), and their financial aid eligibility (your financial aid can be affected based on your summer academic performance as well as what forms of aid you receive and/or utilize to pay for your summer course(s).  Therefore;  all students are strongly advised to consult with (1) their academic advisor(s) with regards to their academic status (2) the Student Financial Aid office with regards to their financial aid eligibility.


Q.  When do I need to register for summer classes?

A.  Registration for Main Campus (Laramie Based) summer course opens on February 3, 2014 and Outreach Credit Program (distance delivery courses) open on March 26, 2014.  Students can register for courses begining on these dates and up until the date(s) the actual course begins ... we do advise students to register as early as possible as many courses fill quickly!


Q.  If I plan my schedule correctly - I shouldn't "need" to take summer courses --- right?

A.  Maybe ... possibly ... hopefully!  But if things change --- you have to drop a fall or spring class, or you want to repeat a course, or you decide to add a second major, or you want to take a course only offered in the summer, or you want to take advantage of a summer international travel course, or for what ever reason ... we offer over 500 in-class, in the field, in a different country or on-line courses every summer!

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